Hello reader! It’s great to have your attention on the subject of food once again. After all, it’s because of food that we are able to live. So, today I am going to share the top 10 traditional dishes from around the world you just have to try. I’m going to give you two widely served traditional dishes per continent, starting with Europe. Are you ready for that? If so, let’s get started:
i. Burek–Southeastern Europe
Originating in Albania, a small country on Southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula, Byrek is a luscious delicacy consisting of Phyllo pastry stuffed with creamy feta cheese and a vegetable typically spinach. Sometimes you’ll also find meat such as lamb in this mouthwatering and succulent Balkans delicacy that’s rich in flavor.
Byrek is very popular in the Balkans region in southeastern Europe, although it’s not surprising that some restaurants in other parts of the world, also include it in their menu. If you want to grab a bite of Byrek outside of Europe, just find a good restaurant with a wider range of traditional European dishes.
ii. Full English Breakfast–Western Europe
Relatively popular in the United Kingdom, full English breakfast has been a favorite delicacy for many Western European natives for centuries. This filling, highly nutritious and very healthy meal comprises several foods served together, including eggs, sausages, bacon, baked beans, toast( bread that has been heated until its outside is brown and hard), and tomatoes. Other foods that are also part of it are namely; black pudding(a type of thick sausage made from the meat and blood of a pig, traditionally cut into round pieces and eaten for breakfast) slices, hash browns(potatoes that are cut into very small pieces, pressed together, and cooked in oil) as well as mushrooms.
2. The Americas
i. Corn Bread–North America
Cornbread is one of the earliest delicacies that have remained popular in North America until this day. According to Science Direct, mashed corn with chestnuts, and beans baked to make a delicious cornbread has remained the main staple food for some native Americans for thousands of years.
ii. Ajiaco Colombiano–South America
Ajiaco Colombiano is a traditional Colombian dish that majorly entails chicken and vegetable stew. Popular in many parts of South America and a few parts of North America today, this fantastic meal can be a perfect lunch or dinner option inspired by the Colombian cuisine. And since its considerably versatile, it can be served with a wide range of dishes including noodles, pasta, and rice.
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i. Khao Soi – South East Asia
Served widely in Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, khao soi is simply crispy noodle curry cooked the Asian way, using a variety of spices native to Asia. This delicious traditional Asian dish is made from noodles, curry soup base, coconut milk, and lots of garnishes, including cilantro leaves. Though it’s a standalone dish, Khao Soi can serve well with a variety of root vegetables, including yam and/or white potatoes.
ii. Beshbarmak–Central Asia
Beshbarmak, which translates to ” Five Fingers” in English is a widely popular delicacy in Kazhakstan. This traditional dish derives its name from the fact that the ancient Turkish nomads who were its inventors used to eat it, using their bare hands. That was something very unique as Asians were not accustomed to eating with bare hands.
Made from boiled noodles, onion sauce with lots of spices, and finely chopped meat, Beshbarmak is mouthwatering with a spicy taste and flavor. It’s typically served in a wide bowl and goes well with a non-alcoholic drink like fruit juice.
i. Pea and Ham Soup
With British influence, pea and ham soup is a traditional Australian delicacy perfect for winter. This simple dish has been served up in many parts of Australia for centuries, forming a part of the people’s fantastic food history. It’s all about simmering boneless-fatless-skinless chopped ham hock or pork knuckle, split peas, onions, carrots, celery sticks, bay leaves on low heat to perfection. You can also throw in some smoked sausages or frankfurters that are sliced for a more hearty and filling meal.
ii. Lamb Leg Roast
Rosemary, olive oil, and garlic make this traditional Australian roast meat delicacy, which goes well with baked potatoes, hearty and tender. You do not necessarily have to be an Aussie to enjoy lamb leg roast as a delicious, filling, and healthy lunch or dinner option. Anybody can relish this sumptuous, protein-packed traditional Aussie food.
i. One-Pot Corn and Beans–Subsaharan Africa
This is a traditional Subsaharan Africa dish widely served in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. It comprises sweet corn and beans that are cooked in one port until tender and seasoned with ingredients like carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and onions. This is very nutritious and goes well with milk or milk tea.
ii. Thieboudienne–West Africa
Thieboudienne is a traditional delicacy for the people of Senegal and bordering countries like Cameroon. This mouthwatering option consists of rice, fish as well as tomato sauce. In addition, it’s seasoned and flavored with peanut oil, carrots, spiced onions, cassava, and cabbage.
With these top 10 global traditional dish ideas at your fingertips, you can bring favorite mouthwatering options that people from different parts of the world have enjoyed for centuries to your home. Whether you are eager to try traditional European, North American, South American, Asian, Australian, or African food, I think these fantastic food ideas are enough to get you started.